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Enjoy Cajun-style cooking at The Captain's Boil. Eating with your hands makes for an enjoyable experience, but if you absolutely must, ask for cutlery. It won't be as much fun, though. Via @thesweetedge

I’ve always enjoyed the visceral experience of eating with my hands. While it’s not quite the norm here in the West, but eating with your hands is a common practice in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia. If you haven’t tried it, you’re in for quite a treat.

Eating as a very sensory experience, just like the preparation of food. Some dishes are meant to be eaten with the help of cutlery, while others are meant to be enjoyed with your bare hands.

There aren’t too many restaurants that encourage you to have in with your food and eat with your hands. The Captain’s Boil is one of those few places where you actually have to request for cutlery.

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Enjoy Cajun-style cooking at The Captain’s Boil. Eating with your hands makes for an enjoyable experience, but if you absolutely must, ask for cutlery. It won’t be as much fun, though. Via @thesweetedge

WELCOME TO THE CAPTAIN’S BOIL

The Captain’s Boil is a Canadian casual dining restaurant chain serving Cajun style dishes.

Founded in 2015, it currently has 29 locations all across Canada: 6 in British Columbia, 2 in Alberta, 1 in Nova Scotia, 1 in Manitoba and 19 in Ontario.

What can I say? Ontarians do love their Captain’s Boil.

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Enjoy Cajun-style cooking at The Captain’s Boil. Eating with your hands makes for an enjoyable experience, but if you absolutely must, ask for cutlery. It won’t be as much fun, though. Via @thesweetedge

FEAST LIKE A PIRATE, DINE LIKE A CAPTAIN

The Captain’s Boil forgoes the fanciness of having to eat with cutlery. In fact, they do away with plates and table settings too.

After you’re seated, the servers will plonk down a sheet of brown paper to cover the table. They’ll take your order, and hand out plastic gloves and a bib.

If it’s your first time, you’ll soon discover why.

Everything at The Captain’s Boil is meant to be eaten with your hands. If you’re not used to it, you can always ask for cutlery.

Which is of the flimsy, plastic variety.

The food is served in plastic bags. It’s not cooked in the bags, but the servers will drop the bags on the table.

Let it cool for a bit, then dig right in. I recommend using your bare hands (after washing them throughly, of course). Adds to the fun, for sure.

captain's boil
Enjoy Cajun-style cooking at The Captain’s Boil. Eating with your hands makes for an enjoyable experience, but if you absolutely must, ask for cutlery. It won’t be as much fun, though. Via @thesweetedge

THE CAPTAIN’S BOIL MENU

There’s a LOT to try during a visit at The Captain’s Boil. I tried shrimp, mussels, Cajun seafood rice and some Cajun fries.

Here’s everything on the menu at The Captain’s Boil.

Crawfish – crawfish are freshwater crustaceans smaller in size than lobsters. A staple in Cajun cuisine, crawfish are found in fresh water. Interesting tidbit about crawfish: Louisiana supplies 90% of the world’s crawfish (about 58,000 metric tons of the stuff). Crawfish are low in fat but high in protein, and are very easy to eat. Just take of the shell and voila!

Lobster – Canadians love their lobster, and at The Captain’s Boil, tender lobster meat is served with their secret sauce.

Dungeness Crab – Dungeness crabs can grow up to 20cm across, and is well known for its sweet and tender meat. It goes well with a side of corn!

King Crab Legs – A visit to a seafood restaurant wouldn’t be complete without an order of King Crab legs. I always enjoy cracking crab legs open and savouring the tender meat inside.

Snow Crab Legs – Snow Crabs are found in colder climates, and the meat is a wee bit different in texture from King Crab legs. They’re longer, and the shell is a lot softer too.

Shrimp – I definitely enjoyed the shrimp at The Captain’s Boil. Served with their secret sauce, you can remove the shells individually or all at the same time, for some uninterrupted eating.

Clams – Opening each clam is an adventure in itself. Who knew a little bit of work could be so rewarding?

Mussels – I love the mussels. This shelled seafood is a real treat!

Chicken slices – Even if you’re not a big fan of seafood, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a visit to The Captain’s Boil.

Aside from the seafood, there are other stuff you can order, like corn, okra, broccoli, sausage, potatoes and lotus root.

I’m also a big fan of their French fries, Cajun fries, Yam fries, Cajun seafood rice, Fish and chips, Fried Shrimp Basket, Calamaris, Garlic Bread, Steamed rice, Fresh oyster platter, Fried chicken wings, wings and fries and chicken tenders.

captain's boil
Enjoy Cajun-style cooking at The Captain’s Boil. Eating with your hands makes for an enjoyable experience, but if you absolutely must, ask for cutlery. It won’t be as much fun, though. Via @thesweetedge

A QUICK HISTORY LESSON ON CAJUN COOKING

Acadians were French colonists who were settled in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and parts of Quebec in the 17th and 18th centuries, but were forced to relocate to the United States by the British in what became known as The Great Expulsion.

It was the Spanish government that recruited Acadians to immigrate to the Spanish state of Luisiana, which was eventually renamed Louisiana after becoming part of the United States of America.

Cajun cuisine is characterized by its simplicity, using locally available ingredients and prepared in the easiest way possible.

captain's boil
Enjoy Cajun-style cooking at The Captain’s Boil. Eating with your hands makes for an enjoyable experience, but if you absolutely must, ask for cutlery. It won’t be as much fun, though. Via @thesweetedge

THE CAPTAIN’S BOIL LOCATIONS

ONTARIO

Mississauga

3A – 720 Burnhamthorpe Rd W.
Mississauga, ON, L5C 3X3
+1(905) 232-8181
Sun – Thur: 11am-11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-12am

Ottawa

290 West Hunt Club Road
Unit 4B, Ottawa, ON, K2E 0B7
+1(613) 680-8998
Sun – Thur: 11am-10pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-11pm

Bayview (Relocated)

Relocated to 2655 Yonge St
Toronto, ON, M4P 2J6
Yonge & Eglinton

2655 Yonge St
Toronto, ON, M4P 2J6
+1(416) 485-2655
Sun – Thur: 12pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11pm

Ajax

3 – 338 Rossland Rd E
Ajax, ON, L1Z 0L9
+1(905) 239-8838
Sun – Thur: 11am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm
North York

5313 Yonge St,
Toronto, ON, M2N 5R4
+1(647) 348-7808
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am

Downtown

476 Yonge St
Toronto, ON, M5G 1G7
+1(647) 748-2886
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am

York Mills

10A-865 York Mills Rd.
Toronto, ON, M3B 1Y6
+1(647) 347-1288
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm

Downtown Toronto – Little Italy

671 College St.
Toronto, ON, M6G 1B9
+1(416)538-8868
Sun – Thur: 12pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 12am

North Scarborough

4733 Steeles Ave E, Unit #1
Scarborough, ON, M1V 5N3
+1(416) 297-5533
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am
Markham

205-230 Commerce Valley Dr E.
Markham (Thornhill), ON, L3T 7Y3
+1(905)881-2552
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am

Queen St. West

226 Queen St. W
Toronto, ON, M5V 1Z6
+1(416) 506-5123
Under Renovation
Closed until further notice.

Vaughan

3255 Rutherford Rd. Unit #7-9
Concord, ON, L4K 5Y5
+1(905)597-0889
Sun – Thur: 11am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 11am

Newmarket

16640 Yonge St. – Unit #3
Newmarket, ON, L3X 2N8
+1(905)235-8868
Fall / Winter Hours
Mon: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Tue: CLOSED
Wed – Thur: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Fri – Sun: 11:30am – 10:30pm

Waterloo

15 King St N.
Waterloo, ON, N2J 2W6
+1(519)888-8252
Sun – Thur: 12pm – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 12am

Mid Scarborough

4505 Sheppard E.
Scarborough, ON, M1S 1V3
+1(416)901-1688
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am
London

689 Oxford St W.
London, ON, N6H 1V1, Canada
+1 (519) 601-0899
Mon – Sun: 12pm-10pm

Sherway Gardens

1800 The Queensway
Etobicoke, ON, M9C 5H5
+1 (416) 792-1880
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am

Ottawa – Elgin St.

354 Elgin St.
Ottawa, ON, K2P 1M8
+1(613) 237-7775
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12pm

Oakville

2501 Hampshire Gate
Oakville, ON, L6H 6C8
+1(905) 829-0112
Mon – Sun: 11am – 10pm

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Coquitlam

1111 Ponderosa St.
Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7L3
+1(604)370-0789
Sun – Thur: 11am – 10:30pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 11pm

Richmond

1226 – 8338 Capstan Way
Richmond, BC, V6X 4B5
+1(604) 279-0158
Sun – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am

Vancouver

3309 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC, V5R 5K6
+1(604)565-3999
Sun – Thur: 11am-11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am-12am
Vancouver

3250 Cambie St.
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 2W4
+1(604)428-8899
Mon – Thur: 11:30am – 10pm
Fri – Sun: 11:30am – 10:30pm
Vancouver (Downtown)

1487 Robson St.
Vancouver, BC, V6G 1C1
+1(604)620-3099
Sun – Thur: 12pm – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 12am
Vancouver (North)

120 Lonsdale Ave.
North Vancouver, BC, V7L 1B1
+1(604)971-2645
Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

NOVA SCOTIA

5680 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax, NS B3J 1H5
+1(902)-407-5999
Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

WINNIPEG

2081 Pembina Highway
Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5J9
+1(204) 500-9729
Mon – Fri: 3pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 12pm – 10pm

ALBERTA

1324 D Centre St NE.
Calgary, AB, T2E 2R7
+1(403)-453-3808
Mon – Sun: 11am – 11pm

South Edmonton Common, 2051 – 98 St. Northwest
Edmonton, AB, T6N 1K2
+1 (780) 485-8756
Sun: 11am – 10pm
Mon – Thur: 11am – 11pm
Fri – Sat: 11am – 12am

captain's boil
Enjoy Cajun-style cooking at The Captain’s Boil. Eating with your hands makes for an enjoyable experience, but if you absolutely must, ask for cutlery. It won’t be as much fun, though. Via @thesweetedge

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